Thirty-two dead, more feared trapped in Latvian supermarket collapse

By REUTERS
November 22, 2013 12:08

 
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RIGA - Rescue workers pulled more bodies from the ruins of a collapsed supermarket in the Latvian capital, Riga, on Friday, taking the death toll to 32 with others feared buried in the rubble.

Cranes lifted large slabs from the wreckage of the Maxima store, in a suburb of grey, Soviet-era housing, to try to find those trapped after the roof collapsed on Thursday when it was full of shoppers on their way home from work.

The store, about 500 square meters (5,380 square feet) in size, was bathed in spotlights as diggers and rescue workers cleared away the wreckage. Ambulances and fire engines stood by.

Police said the death toll had risen to 32. It included three rescue workers.

"In the past hours no survivors have been found," said Viktorija Sembele, rescue service spokeswoman.

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